The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye (2014)

Manu Herbstein

This is a meticulously researched historical novel, beautifully situated in real events of late nineteenth-century Ghana. Manu Herbstein has done what the best cultural historians of Africa should do: that is, read between the lines of the colonial archives to imagine what it was like to be an African alive at that time, witnessing and interpreting events. He breathes life into Ghanaian history from the perspective of Ghanaian witnesses.

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